Zak Portlock-Thorogood

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It was my Dad who initially introduced me to the saga as he was trying to educate me with as many classic films as possible. However my primary spark of fandom was really born in the summer of 2008 when my Uncle had come over to visit from Zurich, Switzerland, where he used to reside. I was on the summer holidays from junior school from at the time I was 9 years old. A new animated film called Star Wars The Clone Wars had hit the silver screen so it seemed a perfect excuse to go out. My uncle was already a bit of a Star Wars fan and I had only recently been introduced, so after deciding to invite my mum and brother along we set off. My memory from that age is a bit fuzzy so I can’t quite remember the details of the whole day, but what I can remember on that day is, how my life got changed. I walked out of that cinema feeling like I’d just been reborn into another universe, another life.

And so it started. From that point on my love of life became Star Wars. My brother and mum always said that “oh it’s just a fad” and “you’ll grow out of it one day”. Grow out of it I asked? The only thing I intended on was growing into it…and that’s what I did.

I’d really try and collect anything I could get my hands on, whether it was the weekly Clone Wars comic releases or the odd find at my grandma’s charity shop. Fast forward through 5 years of dedicated fandom and I start writing for Jedi News in April of 2013. It was at this point that my obsession turned into a passion and my love of Star Wars started to mature into another level of knowledge.

I started out mainly as a reviewer for the site, reviewing the Dark Horses weekly comic publications. Then I gained access to the Facebook page and started it growing into more Likes, and then over time I became a general staff writer for the site, while still co-running the Facebook page. I also started taking the role of events photographer for the likes of the MCM comic con expos, Farthest From events and Celebrations.

That’s what I really love about Star Wars, it’s not just a film, it’s a way of life.

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